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>> couric: tonight, the president tells the world america's "go it alone" policy is over. >> couric: and now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, before iran's president addresses the u.n., he talked exclusively to cbs news. and we challenged him on his denial of the holocaust. mr. president, is this photo fabricated? is this photo a lie? the flu times two. long lines for seasonal flu shots, e.r.s overflowing with children fighting h1n1.
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and how to turn an economy around. why the world will be looking to pittsburgh. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. president obama says we have reached a pivotal moment. in his u.n. debut today, he challenged the world to work together to solve the problems facing all of us. and in a break with the "go it alone policies" of his predecessor, he says the united states is ready to began new chapter of international cooperation. chip reid is at the u.n. tonight. chip, how did the president try to convince the world community it needs to pitch in? >> reporter: well, katie, he did it partly a stern lecture and partly by pleading for help. he said the united states cannot solve the world's problems alone. president obama today criticized the u.n. for its long history of
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inaction and finger pointing, then promptly pointed his own directly add the audience. >> those who used to chastise america for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for america to solve the world's problems alone. >> reporter: never history, the president said, have there been so many threats to the planet. from war to global warming that can only be solved by a new era of global engagement. he painted a terrifying picture of a future in this which the world fails to act on the spread of nuclear weapons. >> we will invite nuclear arms races in every region and the prospects of war and acts of terror on a scale that we can hardly imagine. >> reporter: he singled out north korea and iran. >> the dangers of escalating nuclear arms races in both's asia and the middle east, they must be held accountable. >> reporter: iran president ahmadinejad showed no reaction. in a room where many leaders achieved their positions through less-than-democratic means, the president made a strong argument for democracy.
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to little applause. >> true leadership will not be measured by the ability to muzzle dissent or intimidate and harass political opponents at home. >> reporter: the president also said it's time for palestinians and israelis to get serious about peace. >> we continue to call on palestinians to end incitement against israel and we continue to emphasize that america does not accept the legitimacy of continued israeli settlements. >> reporter: his failure to get peace talks restarted is one issue where results after this summit has been elusive. >> he's getting a little bit impatient because he wants his political capital internationally to actually bring results home. and he's not seeing it yet and he's being criticized for it. >> reporter: and in what appears to be some good news for president obama, he met late today with president medvedev of russia to try to get some support for from russia for sanctions against iran. after the meeting, president medvedev said "sometimes sanctions are inevitable." the white house is hailing that as a big change in the russian katie? >> couric: chip reid, thanks
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very much, chip. also addressing the u.n. today was libya's moammar qaddafi cad and the u.s. senate thought his moment in the spotlight was the perfect time to rebuke him. it voted to condemn libya for giving a lash lavish welcome home to the terrorist convicted in the bombing of pan am flight 103. then there was the speech. jim axelrod tells us it went on and on and on. >> reporter: moammar qaddafi made up for lost time, unloading 40 years of trust nation delivering his first-ever speech to the united nations general assembly. moammar qaddafi rambled on for an hour and thirty-five minutes to a half empty chamber, offering his view on a wide range of subjects such as the u.n. security council. >> it should not be called the security council, it should be called the terror council. >> reporter: he addressed the assassination of john f. kennedy. >> ( translated ): an israeli killed lee harvey who killed
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kennedy." >> reporter: and praised the election of barack obama. >> ( translated ): we are content and happy if obama can stay forever as the president of the united states of america. >> down with moammar qaddafi! >> reporter: his appearance sparked protests coming on the heels of scotland's release last month of the libyan convicted of blowing up pan am flight 103 because the bomber was terminally ill. moammar qaddafi gave the man a hero's welcome. there were >> there were three clowns here today. there's hugo chavez, ahmadinejad and moammar qaddafi. but the other two are just nuts. moammar qaddafi is a murderer, he's a monster, he's got go got blood on his hands. >> reporter: the release of the lockerbie bomber was about the only issue moammar qaddafi didn't cover today. across the street, hamid el-bejou who left libya 30 years ago called qaddafi's appearance a joke. it's a joke? >> absolutely it's a joke! not only united nations, it's a joke for the city of new york. >> reporter: that was joke, it
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might have been on qaddafi when it came time to finding somewhere to stay. he wanted to put up a bedouin tent like he'd done in belgium, moscow, and italy but new york city officials denied his request to pitch his tent in central park. he next tried new jersey and property owned by donald trump in westchester county, new york, but both with no goes as well. venn usually qaddafi ended up staying here last night: the libyan mission. for all his nice words about president obama today, qaddafi won't be attending the reception the president is throwing tonight. he wasn't invited. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> couric: and neither was iran's president. before his address to the u.n., he told me why iran won't be pressureed into giving up its nuclear program. we have that exclusive interview later in the broadcast. but right now we turn the war in yafz. more top military officers are coming out in favor of sending in additional u.s. troops the head of central command, general
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petraeus, said today he supports the idea. but he and admiral mike mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, agree with general stanley mcchrystal that the war could be lost unless more troops are deployed. turning now to health news, a new study of last year's seasonal flu vaccine shows that getting a shot in the arm was twice as effective as using a nasal spray. today in austin, texas, an overflow crowd lined up to get shots for the new flu season. here's don teague. >> reporter: at the travis county fairgrounds in austin, health officials turned a huge livestock barn into a drive through clinic for free seasonal flu shots. they expected a strong turnout, but county medical director dr. phillip huang says it was overwhelming. >> this is a record for us. >> reporter: the line of cars stretched more than a mile. >> i am very concerned. i'm very overprotective of my kids. >> reporter: officials began the day with
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1,500 doses of vaccine but by mid-morning were already running out. they scrambled to find 1,200 additional doses and extra medics. health officials have done drive through shot clinics before but say they've never had turnout like this. the reason is clear with one trip to the nearest emergency room. at dell children's medical center, emergency room doctors say most of the 200 people they see each day suffering from flu symptoms do have h1n1. there are so many sick children here, they've set up a flu triage outside the e.r.. >> these tents allow us to take some of the least ill patients, screen home in-to-make sure it's safe to take them out of the hospital environment and get them through the system, taking care of them home much more rapidly. >> it was crazy when we got here. it was actually scary. he was concerned, he was like "do i need to put on a mask?" >> reporter: when the h1n1 vaccine finally arrives next month, health officials say they'll do this all over again and expect even longer lines.
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don teague, cbs news, austin. >> couric: now to those devastating floods in the southeast. the water finally began to recede outside atlanta today. most highways have reopened but some neighborhood are still under several feet of murky brown water, the flooding is blamed for at least ten deaths and damage is estimated at a quarter of a billion dollars. and it was all over down under. dust. it blew into sydney from the outback, which is going through its worst drought on record. flights were diverted and fairies shut down. the harbor bridge could barely be seen from shore and you have to look very closely to make out the sydney opera house. and coming up next right here on the "cbs evening news," we confront iran's president with photographs of the holocaust. does he still say it was all a lie? my name is herb. i live in northport, alabama. i'm semi retired and i'm here to tell a story.
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will meet with members of your government. i understand you are now saying your nuclear program is on the table. what changed your mind? >> ( translated ): we have not actually changed our mind. our nuclear file will be pursued in the i.a.e.a.. >> couric: the international atomic energy agency, mr. president, has complained that they have not been given full access to all your facilities. and a recent report leaked from the i.a.e.a. says you have "sufficient information to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device." yet you continue to refute this. why? >> ( translated ): based on the last official report by the agency issued in september, it was said that iran hadot
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deviated from its peaceful nuclear past. there are countries that have 10,000 nuclear warheads. don't you believe that those are the ones that need to be inspected instead of the countries that don't have them? >> couric: this is the iranian president's first trip to new york since his controversial victory in last june's election. critics claim it wasn't only fraudulent but voters supporting the opposition candidate, mir hossein mousavi, were threatened and intimidated. during and after the presidential election, mr. president, thousands of opposition supporters and journalists were arrested, badly beaten, and tortured. one woman, 27-year-old neda, as you know, was shot to death while protesting and her death was captured on a cell phone camera. here is a shot of that cell phone picture which i'm sure you've seen, correct? what would you sty her family?
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>> ( translated ): we are very sorry that one of our fellow citizens has been killed. as a victim an agitational circumstance, an agitation that was carried out with the support of some american politicians, the voice of america, and the bbc that actually promoted these agitations. >> couric: do you really think so little of your citizens that they can be manipulated and brainwashed by americans and the u.k.? >> ( translated ): no, that is not what i'm saying. but i do say that some agitations from outside were there. i mean, there are plenty of documents pointing to that. regrettably, one of our citizens lost her life. >> couric: the president then produced a photograph of this
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egyptian woman, el-sherbini, who was brutally murdered inside a german courtroom while taking part inform n a trial over the right to wear a hijab, or head scarf. he suggested that the western media who turned neda into a martyr ignored marwa's story. >> american politicians do not want american people to see what goes on around the world. >> couric: mr. president, three months after the protests, hundreds remain jailed and continue to be tortured solely for their dissending police cal views. isn't this or doesn't this overt abuse of human rights discredit you within the international community? >> ( translated ): there were certain officials that violated the law and the judiciary area is looking into it and they will be punished. anyone who violates the law should be punished, it doesn't matter who it is. >> couric: since ahmadinejad took office four years ago, he's
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built a reputation as a provocateur, saying israel should be wiped off the map and... you have consistently denied the holocaust happened. you have called it a lie. and i'm just curious, i have some photos. these are dead bodies from a german concentration camp taken by the associated press. mr. president, is this photo fabricated? is this photo a lie? >> ( translated ): there are many historical events, similar historical events. why is this one in particular so important to you? >> couric: because you're denying it happened. >> ( translated ): but in world war ii, 60 million people were killed. why are we just focusing on this special group alone? and we're sorry for all the 60 million people that lost their lives equally, all of them were human beings. and it doesn't matter whether they were christians or jews or buddhists or muslims. they were killed.
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so we're sorry for everyone. >> couric: president ahmadinejad believes the holocaust was used as a pre-text for the creation of israel and critics say that by denying it ever happened he can delegitimize the jewish state. you can see my complete interview with ahmadinejad online at and when we come back, bank customers revolt. they're fighting high fees and they're winning. that save you money. go to for a valuable coupon and hundreds of family pleasing recipes like best ever meatloaf. ♪ so many, many reasons ♪ it's so m'm! m'm! good! ♪ diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating. that's me! can i tell you what a difference phillips' colon health has made? it's the probiotics. the good bacteria. that gets your colon back in balance. i'm good to go! phillips' colon health. what? where? don't freak. it's gone.
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>> couric: taxpayers who bailed out america's banks are not at all happy with the tway banks are treating them lately. they're complaining loudly and ben tracy tells us some of the biggest banks are starting to listen. >> i'm stating a debtor's revolt right here, right now. >> reporter: ann minch's youtube video was the shot heard around the worldwide web. when bank of america raised her credit card interest rate from 13% to a whopping 30%, ann went viral. >> i can get a better federate a loan shark. >> reporter: so she gave them her terms: lower the rate or she won't pay. >> so stick that in your bailout pipe and smoke it. >> reporter: the video was view add quarter million times. thousands responded complaining about their own banks. >> you can just kiss my [no audio]. >> reporter: american banks are easy targets. they got billions in bailout funds and are now raising rates and fees on those very same
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taxpayers. >>s are doing whatever they can to squeeze the last dollar out of consumers. >> reporter: this year, banks are expected to make more than $38 billion in overdraft fees alone, up from $18 billion in 1999. the problem is your debit card. instead of declining the sale when a customer's account is low many banks allow it, then charge the customer a hefty fee. the average overdraft fee at large banks is now almost $35. some lawmakers want to require banks to get permission from their customers before giving them overdraft protection, they that way they can't spend what they don't have and they'd avoid the fees. but perhaps to avoid more regulations, today bank of america and j.p. morgan chase overhauled their overdraft policies. both banks will now ask customers if they want overdraft protection. bank of america won't charge a fee when an account is less than $10 overdrawn. at chase, it's $5 or less. bank of america will cap the number of overdraft fees at four
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per day, chase at three. yet banks say avoiding these fees should be simple. >> it's really up to the customer to know how much... what their balance is and how much they have to spend. >> they took $400 out of my account. >> reporter: yet banks can not ignore customer complaints now that they're online. after seeing ann minch's video, bank of america called and lowered her rate. >> which is a small victory for this debtor's revolt movement. >> reporter: which may only be getting started. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> couric: and in washington today, a diamond in the buff. the hope diamond went on display at the smithsonian for the first time without its usual fancy setting. (announcer) take your time to find the right time with cialis for daily use... a clinically proven, low-dose tablet
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it drives itself. >> reporter: developed at carnegie mellon university, it's guided by radar, g.p.s. and lasers. >> the thing spinning on top is laser. it's actually 64 lasers. >> reporter: in a way, this robocar is emblematic of this remarkable turnaround in this old steel town. testing engineer bob bitner used to work in a steel mill. do you feel personally reinvented in a way like the town is? >> i suppose i do. >> reporter: the new pitts fwhaurg will play host to world leaders this week is a potent symbol of economic recovery in a time of financial crisis. >> >> by pittsburgh standards, these aren't tough times. we've been there. >> reporter: 30 years ago, more than a quarter of pittsburgh's jobs were in manufacturing. today it's just 10%. but the region now has well over a million employees, more than in the last great years of the steel industry, and its unemployment rate is nearly two
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points below the national average. pittsburgh is literally building its future on the ruins of its past. this abandoned steel plant closed a little more than a decade ago. the redevelopment plans for this 180-acre site include a major center for the robotics industry. >> i wanted to work on a business that could literally change the world. >> reporter: so andy hannah started plextronics, a company that makes inks that conduct electricity. >> this is an ink that when you put it on the glass will absorb the photons from the sun or any light and turn it into electricity. >> reporter: it's used to print low-cost solar panels. in seven years, the company has grown from four employees to 70. >> i've always dreamed of deliverings snacks to everyone. >> reporter: pittsburgh has a history of industrial innovation. it's a tough town. >> it's a winning town. >> reporter: a town that may have found a map for the road ahead. >> anthony mason, cbs news, pittsburgh.
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>> couric: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. see you tomorrow. good night. from the first local station with news in high- definition, this is 9news now. tonight in your only local news at 7:00 p.m., how do you plead? the answer guilty for the teen that investigators believe may have targeted the president. secure your valuables or else you may become the next target of thieves on the potomac. "this broadcast realtime captioned by becky lyon." i'm scott broom in montgomery county where tonight commuters are reacting to proposed tolls just announced for the future intercounty connector. to trav


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